Roads a vicious place for bikes: Monash Uni research

Two crashes, six near-crashes and 46 other incidents such as cyclists forced to take evasive action were captured on video in a research project on the dangers of cycling onĀ  city streets in Melbourne.

Motorists were considered at fault in 87 per cent of the cases in about 400 hours of video from cyclists’ helmet cameras, Monash University researcher Marilyn Johnson said.

Ms Johnson’s doctoral research was funded by a joint PhD scholarship from the Monash University Accident Research Foundation and the Amy Gillett Foundation, provided by Bradley Bayly Legal.

Ms Johnson said surveys, one of them recent, showed that the biggest deterrent to would-be cyclists was safety on the roads.

The question was how to make roads safer.

See the report and videos at:

http://theconversation.edu.au/helmet-cam-captures-bike-accidents-and-could-make-cycling-safer-3540

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